Scalable Vector Graphics
(SVG) - a sort of image format which records shapes and lines
instead of pixels
but it remains difficult to simply draw something in one of the available illustration tools
and display it on the web (without converting to a raster graphic as Wikipedia does
.) But hope for compatibility may be on the horizon: Microsoft has just joined
the W3C SVG Working Group. (previously
If anyone could flame from beyond the grave, it is he. Erik Naggum
was a young programmer and Usenet philosopher who exemplified the new breed of smug Lisp weenie
. His hatred for Perl
fueled his Olympian rants. He was cruel, but smart; he was articulate, but he used arguments ad hominem; he left a trail of scorched earth, but he had devoted friends
. I didn't know him, but I enjoyed his expression of free thought
. He died young after years of torment
; R.I.P. [more inside]
The State of the Web 2008
is a report from Web Directions
that includes details and analysis of all the responses to over 50 questions covering technologies, techniques, philosophies and practices that today’s web professionals employ. The survey was open for just under 3 weeks, from December 1st to 20th 2008. In total, over 1200 designers and developers from around the world responded to the survey. Respondents were likely to be self-educating, “early adopters” who keep abreast of developments in their field. Here are the tabular results
. [more inside]
The Learn List
is attempting to become a comprehensive online resource for free tutorials in Flash
Web programmers take note, gotAPI
is an excellent collection of searchable programming references wrapped up into a customizable interface.
Pentagon sets its sights on social networking websites
From the fine folks that brought you the
Total Terrorism Information Awareness
program, another wickedly-named branch of the NSA, the Disruptive Technologies Office
(formerly ARDA), is funding research into the usefulness of the Semantic Web
for combing through and profiling the 80 million members of MySpace.
Amazon launched S3: Unlimited Simple Storage.
Take advantage of Amazon's global infrastructure to serve content, store data, and serve bittorrents.
National Information Exchange Model (NIEM)
Sometimes, its the unheralded steps, that take you most quickly to your destination.
On October 7, 2005, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and their associated domains announced the first release of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) Version 0.1. NIEM "establishes a single standard XML foundation for exchanging information between DHS, DOJ, and supporting domains, such as Justice, Emergency Management, and Intelligence."
The release of this specification, and the development of the systems that utilize it may actually be the cataylst for more 'progress' in information mining on the individual than most other, well publicized efforts.
NIEM Mission: "To assist in developing a unified strategy, partnerships, and technical implementations for national information sharing — laying the foundation for local, state, tribal, and federal interoperability by joining together communities of interest."
When you say it like that, it sounds sort of cool!
The robot comes calling...
When web services attack! NotifyPhoneBasic will call any phone number in the US/Canada and read your message to that phone number. You can even set the caller id information.
Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications.
From our own JJG
, a look at the next big thing in web app interfaces. Link via some guy named Matt.
Time to start studying XMLHttpRequest
is 37 Signals' latest offering is free sharable to-do lists. You can keep them to yourself, share them with only specific people, or share them with the world. So now you have no
excuse for forgetting to buy milk on the way home.
The weather just got a lot more accessible. The National Weather Service's weather data is now freely available
in XML format
clients; it had previously been only available through commercial providers or in a difficult-to-decipher format. Not knowing anything about web services, I'm not sure about the implications, but I imagine that anyone who knows their SOAP
could build their own weather app really easily.
Dave Winer's not happy
about the fact that people are tweaking the orange XML icon
used to link RSS/RDF feeds. You've seen that orange button saying XML at various sites, including MeFi. Milo
just put up one saying RSS instead of XML, which was based on a point brought up by xiffix
, "In hindsight, appropriating the global acronym XML for this narrow use was a mistake. The button should say RSS. Hopefully, people will take Dave’s suggestion to do something completely different to heart and abandon the Userland attempt at a standard icon"
An Editorial from Jane's, 9/11: in search of context and meaning
"Fiction, non-fiction, news, news analysis and opinion... And unfortunately we continually mix and merge these groupings, using them in similar ways and often believing them to contain similar weight and importance." "We now tend to respond to the news rather than attempting to get behind it and create policy."
Jobs Skills Tester???
Not sure about how the employment stuff works but you can test your skills at various stuff... i had fun for 10 minutes checking out how my unix skills were (only 78% on the quick test) oh well... you have to register but there's no email password crap to take the tests. Over 100 different tests from ASP to XML.
Here's a project
for anyone who knows xml and has a bit of time to spare...
At work, I'm working on applying XSL transforms to XML documents to get HTML, HDML, and WML pages via an ISAPI filter for IIS. Maybe eventually I'll play with DISCO
, and then I'll move on to SOAP
, and maybe even SAX
. When will the acronymical madness stop?